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Kim Jong-Un Inspects North Korea’s ‘Newly-Developed Ultramodern’ Mystery Weapon

Kim Jong-Un Inspects North Korea’s ‘Newly-Developed Ultramodern’ Mystery Weapon

North Korea has chose to deport a U.S. citizen detained for illegally entering the country, its state media reported on Friday.

Meanwhile, the official Korean Central News Agency said U.S. citizen Bruce Byron Lawrence would be deported from the country after having been detained on October 16 last.

He confessed to have entered the country under the direction of the US's Central Intelligence Agency, the KCNA said.

Last year, United States media said the man expelled from South Korea - who has also been named as Lawrence Bruce Byron - had claimed he wanted to help resolve tensions between North Korea and the US.

Media reports said he told South Korean officials he sought to facilitate talks between North Korea and the United States, although he is a private citizen.

If the U.S. wants North Korea to take concrete steps towards removing its nuclear weapons, it must begin discussing the possibility of lifting sanctions on the hermit state, a former top USA diplomat for North Korea said on Friday.

Sweden represents United States interests in North Korea in the absence of diplomatic relations.

North Korea released three US detainees in May ahead of a summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

It is rare for North Korea to release an American detainee so swiftly.

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The three men travelled home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and were greeted by Trump on their arrival at an air base near Washington.

"The state-of-the-art weapon that has been long developed under the leadership of our party's dynamic leadership has a meaning of completely safeguarding our territory and significantly improving the combat power of our people's army", North Korean media reported breathlessly on Friday.

"We watch North Korea closely", Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a spokesman at the Pentagon, said in an email, while declining to further comment on the details of the reported test and the unspecified tactical weapon.

There are no known U.S. detainees still held by the rigid communist state.

At their historic Singapore summit, Trump and Kim signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula. "North Korea is saying 'If you don't listen to us, you will face political burdens, '" analyst Shin Beom-chul of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul told the Associated Press.

A spokesman at the State Department said in an email that "we are aware of reports of the release of a USA citizen who had been detained by the DPRK" while declining to share details of the detainee "due to privacy considerations".

From journalists to missionaries, most Americans held by North Korea have been released after high-profile interventions.

The man was detained last month after crossing the border with China.